Nick Rellas is the co-founder and CEO of Drizly, Inc., the largest online marketplace for alcohol in the United States.
Since its inception in 2012, Drizly has raised $37 million in funding, expanded from one to 70 major metropolitan markets, grown from three to 85 full-time employees, and facilitated million of orders across the country. Rellas was named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30”, Wine Enthusiast “40 under 40” and the Boston Globe’s “25 Under 25” lists for changing the way consumers purchase alcohol.
Before Drizly, Nick Rellas was a Boston College student working for New England Coffee Co, one of the largest coffee manufacturers in the country. During his tenure there, Rellas focused on strategy, plant efficiency, and SKU profitability while reporting directly to the COO. It was during this time that Rellas noticed the lack of technology surrounding a regulated industry and asked himself: “Why do regulated industries and technology not mix well?” That question, combined with his newfound love for Uber in 2011, lead him to look at how mobile could transform other regulated industries, most notably alcohol. The rest, as they say, is history.
Rellas got an early start on his professional career, securing work as commercial photographer throughout the eastern seaboard while still in high school. After studying Advertising Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology for two years, Rellas transferred to Boston College, double majoring in Finance and Corporate Reporting & Analysis. The switch in career paths was facilitated by close to 10 years of financial derivative trading and a passion for financial markets.